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William Hague to quit as Foreign Secretary

14 July 2014

10:03 PM

14 July 2014

10:03 PM

William Hague is quitting as Foreign Secretary before standing down as an MP at the next election. Hague will become Leader of the House of the Commons for the remainder of this parliament.


Hague’s move changes the nature of this reshuffle, making it the most significant and far reaching of Cameron’s tenure as party leader. But it also creates a headache for him: who to make Foreign Secretary? This reshuffle’s aim is to bring on a new generation and to promote more female talent. But it is hard to see who fits that description who could become Foreign Secretary. (One person who isn’t becoming Foreign Secretary is George Osborne who is staying at the Treasury.)

Hague’s departure is a surprise. But it is not a total surprise; he has not been particularly active in recent times. One long-standing colleague told me earlier that ‘I could see in William’s eyes that his heart wasn’t in it anymore’.

Friends say that the Commons’ defeat of the government over Syria took a big toll on him. There’s also no doubt that Hague, having seen how nice life could be outside politics, chaffed at the constraints that politics imposed on him. He also never much liked dealing with the media, a key part of the job nowadays. Colleagues say that constant international travel had exhausted him too, for the first time in years he has taken to complaining of being tired.

Hague’s influence on the Cameron project has often been understated. His return to the front bench in 2005 sent an immediate message that Cameron was credible. In 2010, he was the key part of the Tory coalition negotiating team. Then, in government his advice has often been decisive; he is the main reason Andrew Lansley’s Health Bill was paused. Tonight, Number 10 is stressing how involved he’ll be in domestic politics for the next 10 months and he will, undoubtedly, be a big influence on Cameron. But there’s no doubt tonight that Hague’s departure embodies the transfer of power from one Tory generation to another.

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  • jack loach

    Sods —–

    .—- 2015.

    For almost two
    decades we have strived to get justice for the injustice we have
    suffered at the hands of a world renowned bank— PICTET & CIE.

    Two yorkshiremen
    both running their own small family businesses trying to resolve the
    problem by taking all the correct legal procedures to recover their

    The matter was
    raised in Parliament – twice– the FSA investigated the matter
    concluding that PICTET had rogues operating in their London Bank —
    but the rogues had left —saying no one left to prosecute.??? —–
    so there.

    We then
    approached the Financial Ombudsman Service. (FOS) — our case was
    dealt with by seven different people —- then our numerous E-Mails
    were ignored — nobody would speak to us ——-so there.

    We then asked the
    SFO ( Serious Fraud Office.) to investigate our case —- the
    criteria of our case ticked all their boxes. — we were instructed
    not to send them

    documents/evidence.—— in fact they wrote to us advising us to go
    to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.(CAB.)

    Richard Alderman
    the SFO boss —- who responded to our letter was the same man who
    would not investigate the “ Madoff” scandal or the “Libor”

    The MP’s
    committee —- said he was sloppy— and the SFO was run like “
    Fred Karno’s Circus” —– it was an office of fraud.—– so

    Our M.P.
    approached our local Chief Constable to investigate—– he was
    called—- Sir Norman Bettison— Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
    Police —- a force that made “ Dad’s Army” look like the S.A.S.
    They were inept – corrupt —malicious — from top to bottom. We
    were criminally dealt with by the Forces Solicitor—- the Head of
    the Economic Crime Unit —-and the Chief Constable —– so there.

    We were then
    advised to pass our complaint against West Yorkshire Police to the
    I.P.C.C. – which we did — they advised us to make our complaint
    to —- the West Yorkshire Police — we did with reluctance — all
    we got was abuse and obfuscation. —– so there.

    Sir Norman
    Bettison —- The Forces solicitor— and the Head of the Economic
    Crime —- have all been removed from their posts and facing criminal

    —— so there.

    We even sought
    justice through the Courts — culminating in a visit to the Court of
    Appeal-London.— On leaving the Courts of Appeal that day our
    barrister a “rising star” informed us — that if that was
    British Justice then you can keep it. He quit the law and moved to
    Canada —– so there.

    A few years later
    we learned that one of the judges ( Lord Justice.) in our case at the
    Court of Appeal was related to a senior executive of the Pictet Bank
    —–so there.

    The Ministry of
    Justice passed our case to Lord Myners to investigate — we would
    rather have had Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck do it. — to this day we
    don’t know

    —whether he did
    anything or not —- probably not — seeing that his wife was on the
    Pictet Prix Board.

    Pictet & Cie
    .Bank — voted private bank of the year 2013.

    Ivan Pictet —-
    Voted banker of the year 2012. —- the senior partner — lied on
    numerous occasions and had documents destroyed — also said genuine
    documents were forgeries. —– so there.

    Ivan Pictet in
    Oct. 2013 —- Given the Legion of Honour — but saying that —-
    honours were given to Hitler — Eichmann — Mussolini —Franco
    — he’s in fitting company. —-so there.

    RAPHAEL.Q.C. — Peters & Peters.London. They were the banks

    Raphael.Q.C. along with Ivan Pictet withheld crucial documents
    requested by the High Court —- the FSA —- and the police Fraud
    Squad. —-so there.

    Raphael.Q.C. became an Honorary Queens Counsellor in March. 2012.

    Raphael.Q.C. became a Master of the Bench in Nov.2012.

    An expert in
    Fraud —the Doyen of Fraud Lawyers. —– so there.

    This says a lot
    about Banks — and their lawyers –the consensus of opinion is that
    they are highly paid “crooks” —- no wonder they voted Ivan
    Pictet banker of the year. — and Monty Raphael a Queens Counsellor
    – “crime does pay”?

    It appears that
    crimes in the “establishment.” are honoured by their peers.


    Full Story.—-
    “google ”

    Insert.—– The
    Crimes of —– Pictet & Cie Bank.


    Ivan Pictet/
    Monty Raphael Q.C.

  • jack loach

    Swiss Bank
    Accounts. Jan.. 2015.

    Is your monies safe
    in these accounts —- definitely NOT.

    Would you get your
    money back if every body decided to withdraw all their accounts –
    NO WAY.

    Economic Experts
    say that there would only enough money to repay 50% of their clients.

    Are you going to be
    in the 50% — that loose your money.– Get it out NOW.

    2012 — – June.
    — Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.— USA Trust Fund Investors were
    sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank.Switzerland. in
    order to collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF) —Even after the SEC in
    the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and drain
    whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90,000,000
    million lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 – – – July.
    — De – Spiegel. — states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox
    company in

    and a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain

    millionaires as clients.

    – – – August —- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of
    “organised crime.”

    the fines that crooked Swiss banks have incurred in the last few
    years exceeds £75.Billion.

    is also calculated that the secrecy ” agreements” with
    regards to tax evation by their clients will cost the banks another
    £450 Billion.( paid out of your monies.)

    banks are panicking — the are quickly restructuring their banks
    —- from partnerships —

    ” LIMITED COMPANIES.” —– this will probably mean that
    in the future — they could

    you only 10% of your monies ” if you are one of the lucky ones”
    —- and it be legal.

    —- The Crimes of —- Pictet & Cie Bank.

  • swatnan

    … to spend more time with his Bank Account; could join Blair’s Foundation for Middle East Studies and Resolution Conflict. Any politician that leaves Parliament richer than when they entered it is a crook.

  • David Booth.

    William Hague promised little and achieved just that.

  • Adam Carter

    Nowadays how do you tell a good Foreign Secretary from a bad one?
    So much international work is done by the Prime Minister at heavily publicised meetings of heads of government, how does anyone know what the impact of the Foreign Secretary is?
    What would Hague have needed to do differently to be thought of as a good Foreign Secretary? (Leave aside the speaking style, his phrasing and intonation, that he uses in TV and radio interviews which seem to me to be close to self parody.)

  • edlancey

    He was useless.

  • Philip Shahak

    We shall certainly miss his endless torrent of lies.

  • dado_trunking

    How is it possible that the two biggest stooges this nation has had to endure for far too long, Hunt and Smith, are still in their posts? Are they both outperforming each other?

    • Kingstonian

      While Ed Davey remains in the cabinet, anything is possible!

  • Barakzai

    And replaced by Philip Hammond, surely the embodiment of the Peter Principle in this Cabinet, and the most lill-suited FS since, oh, Margaret Beckett?

    Good luck to the tyro replacements in Dave’s latest shallow PR stunt; No 10’s going to be busy in the run-up to the election countering greenhorn ministerial gaffes . . .

  • Smithersjones2013

    This reshuffle already has all the signs of being a disaster replacing years of experience with wet behind the ears novices.

    Once again Cameron proves nobody can grasp defeat from the jaws of possible victory as well as he can

  • Mike Barnes

    Was he really the Foreign Secretary? I thought he was some kind of bag carrying manslave to Angelina Jolie?

    He is guily of absolutely shameless self promotion over the past few years, no doubt off to the US to earn big bucks next year…

    • HookesLaw

      Behold the classic spouting of a crass ignorant bigot. Spoken by a man without two brain cells to rub together.

      • Waveform

        Calm down dear

        • Wessex Man

          I wish he wouldn’t put himself down so.

  • southerner

    Utterly hopeless foreign secretary. Good riddance.

  • Kerr Mudgeon

    A great loss to the country and the party. But a possible win for HIGNFY.

  • fathomwest

    Goodbye to a man I found to be a major disappointment. A man of straw in my opinion.

    • allymax bruce

      Hague is the Tory Robin Cook; had too much, after ‘seeing’ too much!
      For the truth, listen to Fraser & James audio, and completely reverse everything Forsyth says!